(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) An expert from Unesco has said that most developing countries are yet to achieve Education for All (EFA) goals.
Qian Tang, assistant director general for education, Unesco, said this while addressing a gathering at the annual Global EFA meeting which began at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Monday. The meeting comes ahead of World Education Forum 2015 that will be held in Korea.
He stressed that illiteracy rates are still very high in some countries. ''A gender gap still exists and the quality of education is still low in some regions.''
Others who addressed the gathering included Dr Samira Mohammed al Mosa, permanent delegate of Oman to Unesco, Dr Hammed Alhammami, director of the regional office of Unesco in Beirut and Mohammed Saleem al Yaqoubi, secretary-general, Unesco's Oman National Commission for Education, Culture and Science.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Yaqoobi said, ''This is the first time that such an event is being held in the region and as many as 50 countries are taking part. Oman has been quite successful in achieving EFA goals, which is why it has been chosen as the venue for the meeting.''
He said that the conference will also discuss the EFA Global Monitoring Report, which was released recently. The meeting will conclude on Wednesday.<